Category: Reviews

Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators – Living The Dream

Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators – Living The Dream

They’re back! ‘Living The Dream’ is Slash’s fourth solo album and third with his merry men of Myles and The Conspirators. I’m looking forward to seeing what they’ve done here as when a band has worked together for a while they truly get into a groove and I get the feeling this album will be the one that will make […]

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James Van Cooper – Coming Home

James Van Cooper – Coming Home

The first time I saw James Van Cooper play was a couple of years ago in his rock outfit called Van Cooper and in the set he played a couple of Butch Walker tracks, now what I love about what James has done is that much like Butch he’s moved away from the big rock arena rock sound and made […]

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Gene Simmons – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – August 31, 2018

Gene Simmons – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – August 31, 2018

There’s a first for everything with KISS members and tonight is one of those here in Australia, not only is it Gene Simmons’ first solo tour of Australia he has his old friend and original KISS member Ace Frehley supporting him. Bet you never saw that coming! The earlier start meant I made it in just as Ace Frehley took […]

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Andrew W.K. – The Manning Bar, Sydney – August 26, 2018

Andrew W.K. – The Manning Bar, Sydney – August 26, 2018

It’s been a long time between tours for Andrew W.K. so tonight Sydney is ready to party, and dare I say Party Hard!!! Opening the show tonight, Bare Bones as always delivered a loud, tight, heavy set. These guys get better every time I see them and I look forward to hearing more as they continue to smash these kinds […]

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Stryper – Max Watts, Sydney – August 18, 2018

Stryper – Max Watts, Sydney – August 18, 2018

Tonight after eight years, Stryper return to Sydney! This time though as a three piece minus guitarist Oz Fox who is currently unwell, so tonight Stryper will be knows as Tri-per as they show us what they can do as a trio! Gypsy kick things off with some rock and Roll and a mix of originals and covers, and I […]

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Halestorm – Vicious

Halestorm – Vicious

How has it been three years since a Halestorm album? Wow! Thankfully here they are in 2018 with album number four and things are about to get ‘Vicious’. I’ve been sitting on this for a couple of weeks and in listening through a number of times, just be ready that you’re in for a treat. Straight away the ‘Black Vultures’ […]

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Jeff Martin – Leadbelly, Newtown – July 5, 2018

Jeff Martin – Leadbelly, Newtown – July 5, 2018

Seeing Jeff Martin solo is an experience, and this venue is just perfect for what we can expect tonight, and I have to say that I’ve been lucky enough to see The Tea Party play here previously back in 2012 and that was amazing, so now tonight getting to see Jeff Martin do his thing here but this time solo […]

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Theory of a Deadman – The Manning Bar, Sydney – June 22, 2018

Theory of a Deadman – The Manning Bar, Sydney – June 22, 2018

It feels like a lot of band’s are finding their way to Australia for the first time in 2018, we’ve had some rippers come through and tonight we get to add to that list with the Canadian rockers, Theory of a Deadman, aka Theory for those playing at home. So as a fan from the beginning of their career I […]

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Hardcore Superstar – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney – June 14, 2018

Hardcore Superstar – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney – June 14, 2018

It’s been ten years since Hardcore Superstar have been on Australian soil, and tonight at the first of their shows here the eager crowd are ready and as their forthcoming album says ‘You Can’t Kill My Rock N Roll’ and tonight there’s no chance of that. Dept. of Gloom opened the show to a moderate crowd but delivered a set […]

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Extreme / Mr Big – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – June 3, 2018

Extreme / Mr Big – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – June 3, 2018

Tonight is set to be a musical masterclass of the greatest proportions, two bands that amazingly have never toured together, one in Australia for the first time and one for the first time in twenty five years, both absolute masters of their craft, so take a deep breath, strap in, and get ready for this ride. Here we go! For […]

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Europe – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – May 22, 2018

Europe – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – May 22, 2018

It kind of feels hard to believe that Europe have never toured Australia, but here we are in 2018 and they’re finally here to give us an evening with Europe, all Europe, all night and the crowd here are pumped and ready (even if a lot of them are here for one song.) Let’s see how converted they are after […]

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Steel Panther – The Big Top, Sydney – May 18, 2018

Steel Panther – The Big Top, Sydney – May 18, 2018

They’re back! The band that can’t seem to stay away, and why should they when sold out signs keep appearing whenever they hit our shores. Tonight Steel Panther are doing something a little different and they’re bringing the Sunset Strip to us, I’ll explain more about that later. Tribal drums fill the venue and some Van Halen get us ready […]

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Sevendust – All I See Is War

Sevendust – All I See Is War

I’ve always been a Sevendust fan, there’s just something about the way they make music that works, the melodies, the tone, the whole damn package. So when it’s new Sevendust album time there’s always a bit of an internal fist pump as I know what I hear is going to be good! Here we have ‘All I see Is War’ […]

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Biffy Clyro – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – April 30, 2018

Biffy Clyro – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – April 30, 2018

It’s been about four years since we’ve had the pleasure of witnessing Biffy Clyro live in Australia and tonight at The Enmore this place is full and you’ve gotta love that, and gotta love that people are well on board with Biffy!! Seeing these guys a few times before I can tell you that tonight will be nothing short of […]

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Simple Plan – The Big Top, Sydney – April 27, 2018

Simple Plan – The Big Top, Sydney – April 27, 2018

Tonight is a celebration of Simple Plan’s album ‘No Pads, No Helmets… Just Balls’. A celebration you say? Why yes I did, but what blows me away is that it’s the 15th anniversary of it. Are you kidding? Way to make everyone feel old! In saying that though and in seeing Simple Plan a number of times before I can’t […]

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Stereophonics – Sydney Opera House – April 26, 2018

Stereophonics – Sydney Opera House – April 26, 2018

I love the Opera House as a venue, there’s just something about bands playing in such an iconic venue that makes the show feel even more special and tonight I get to pop my Stereophonics cherry at this very place. From everything I’ve heard and I suppose from the two sold out nights something tells me I’m in for a […]

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Fall Out Boy – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney – March 2, 2018

Fall Out Boy – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney – March 2, 2018

They’re back! It’s been a few years since we’ve seen Fall Out Boy in Australia and I’ll tell you what hasn’t gone by the wayside, their fan base! This place is pretty damn full besides a couple of curtains upstairs and it looks great in here. I’ve perched myself at the back of the venue near what looks like a […]

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Evanescence – Sydney Opera House – February 14, 2018 

Evanescence – Sydney Opera House – February 14, 2018 

Evanescence are back in Australia and tonight they’re here to do something pretty special. Not only have they reworked their songs for their newest album ‘Synthesis’ but they’re here to play it in full tonight with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in probably the most iconic venue you can get, the Sydney Opera House. The orchestra warms up for us and we’re […]

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Rise Against – The Hordern Pavilion, Sydney – February 13, 2018

Rise Against – The Hordern Pavilion, Sydney – February 13, 2018

Rise Against are making a habit out of coming to Australia and there’s no problem with that at all. They’re back in Sydney tonight at this top of their ‘Wolves’ tour and the Hordern is ready for a dose of punk rock and roll! Pagan and Bare Bones opened the night and both came out firing and delivered a tight, […]

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Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes / Cancer Bats – The Metro Theatre, Sydney – February 10, 2018

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes / Cancer Bats – The Metro Theatre, Sydney – February 10, 2018

While Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes have been around for barely three years, the main man Frank Carter has been both musically and artistically on any true hardcore fans radar for quite a while. It has now been thirteen years since he started Gallows, which he later left and Pure Love was formed seven years ago before Carter took his own name into play and added a backing band […]

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Foo Fighters – ANZ Stadium, Sydney – January 27, 2018

Foo Fighters – ANZ Stadium, Sydney – January 27, 2018

Tonight is destined to be a kick ass night of live music! The Foo’s are back in Australia and ready to rock ANZ stadium. The weather is perfect and there are a heap of people in here early to make sure they catch the supports, or maybe just to get a good spot down the front for their favourite band. […]

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Papa Roach – The Metro Theatre, Sydney – January 24, 2018

Papa Roach – The Metro Theatre, Sydney – January 24, 2018

It’s so crazy to think that twenty five years into Papa Roach’s career that this is their first headline tour to Australia, and here we are on the second night of their Sydney run and ready to witness the mayhem and long overdue tour. Opening the night are The Pits. Well that was entertaining as all get up. Panic! at […]

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Alanis Morissette – ICC, Sydney – January 24, 2018

Alanis Morissette – ICC, Sydney – January 24, 2018

Well it’s been far too long since Alanis Morissette has been to Australia and here we are tonight for what is going to be pretty special as we get a stripped down night of her classic songs, songs that have shaped music and stuck with those here for now over twenty years. As Alanis and her two guitarists take their […]

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Tonight Alive – Underworld

Tonight Alive – Underworld

I’ve been excited for this album for a while now, as watching the process of this band grow and evolve over the years through countless live shows that never disappoint, and music that delivers a message and a feeling is a treat. This album is in a way a new beginning for Tonight Alive as they move to a new […]

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Fuel – The Manning Bar, Sydney – December 8, 2017

Fuel – The Manning Bar, Sydney – December 8, 2017

Reviewing one of your favourite bands is tough, even more so when you have their logo tattooed on your wrist but tonight I have accepted the mission to review the return of Fuel to Sydney after a very, very long time away while they’re here to celebrate 20 years since ‘Sunburn’. Hurst open up the show with a good selection […]

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Ugly Kid Joe – The Manning Bar, Sydney – December 3, 2017

Ugly Kid Joe – The Manning Bar, Sydney – December 3, 2017

I dig these album anniversary tours, especially when it’s an album I grew up with and this one was a part of that and twenty five years on we’re all here to celebrate ‘America’s Least Wanted’ hitting a quarter of a century, and this show even more special as it’s the first of this run. So how it’ll play out, […]

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The Temper Trap – The Metro Theatre, Sydney – November 22, 2017

The Temper Trap – The Metro Theatre, Sydney – November 22, 2017

It’s been a while since The Temper Trap have graced home shores and tonight on the opening night of their tour the sold out Metro tells me we’re in for a good night. “It’s good to be back home, thanks for coming out, guys” is the greeting that leads into ‘Fader’ and as the crowd joins in for the chorus […]

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Stevie Nicks with special guests The Pretenders – ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney – November 7, 2017

Stevie Nicks with special guests The Pretenders – ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney – November 7, 2017

Two legends join forces tonight, so many years of experience and so many songs that the world knows and love. Tonight Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders grace the stage of the ICC for what is sure to be a night of classics and just a damn good time. The Pretenders take to the stage and Chrissie Hinde looks fabulous in […]

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Tonight Alive – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney – November 2, 2017

Tonight Alive – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney – November 2, 2017

Let’s get back to beginnings, sound like a good idea? Great, because tonight in Sydney we will see the long awaited return of Tonight Alive to the stage. This sold out room is filling up early as Yours Truly start things off and a very receptive crowd start clapping along to the opener, you know when you can tell that […]

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Pennywise & The Bronx – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – October 29, 2017

Pennywise & The Bronx – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – October 29, 2017

Approaching the famous Enmore Theatre on a very hot Sunday night I was immediately surrounded by hundreds of guys looking like they were straight out of a NOFX or New Found Glory video clip, this was 100% a very anticipated punk rock show. Beerwolf – Sydney based punk rock band were first up and delivered a solid show embossed with a […]

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